Buyers & Sellers

For Buyers

When considering buying in a new real estate market a good REALTOR® can make the difference between an exciting adventure and a horrible experience. You need a Charleston real estate expert on your side to help you navigate the Lowcountry and find the perfect metro Charleston home you have been dreaming of.

We are South Carolina REALTORS® with over 50 years experience in the real estate industry. We have built our South Carolina real estate careers on being local experts from the beaches to Charleston and beyond.

As a buyer's agent, we guide you through every part of the process. We help you identify the community that best suits your budget/needs, help explain documents and information, and negotiate for best price. We attend all meetings and inspections and make sure all timelines are met to ensure a smooth and timely closing. It's our goal to make your transition (and transaction) as stress-free as it can be with our confidential and professional acumen.

It's the most important purchase you'll ever make. Learning the process of how to buy a home can be challenging. Let us show you how to make the process of buying a home go smoothly and trouble-free.

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For Sellers

Navigating the waters of selling your home can be daunting. The Charleston Fine Homes Team can help you understand the ins and outs of what you need to know as a seller. They will guide you every step of the way, from a no obligation free market analysis on your home with information about comparable properties in your neighborhood to the day you hand over your keys at the closing table. They will lead you through a smooth transaction.

They are REALTORS® and serve as trusted advisors through the listing and marketing stage to the negotiating and closing process.

There are many little things that can make a big impact on getting the best price for your home. The team is experienced Listing Agents (also known as Seller's Agents) and they know selling a house requires getting your home into the best possible shape to attract buyers.

Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. Their on-staff stager can help you get top dollar. Staging the home, making repairs, minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home sitting on the market and one that's sold fast. Staging generates interest from consumers and maximizes sale price which is why Charleston Fine Homes will provide you with a free hour staging consultation.

They help you navigate through a myriad of forms, documents, and disclosure requirements.

Trust, confidence, and effectiveness: These are the qualities that expedite the sale of your home.

These are the qualities upon which Franne, Chari and Yvette have built their real estate careers.


Thinking of selling your home?

Learn the ins and outs of the sales process from start to finish.

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  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    We gave Yvette our house listing at the the end of May with the goal of listing it June 5th.  We had done extesive work on our home and hoped to get a good price.  Yvette suggested a number $60K higher than another agent we interviewed.  We staged it well and before it even went on the market, she had it sold for over asking price!  Yvette made the entire experience easy and was our strong advocate throughout the process.  I highly recommend her. — Kaye Z.

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    The selling experience far exceeded my expectations. I’ve sold a few houses and never had agents who were so responsive-calls were returned promptly and concerns were addressed. Franne and Chari are extremely ethical and professional, but we also had fun. Franne and Chari went above and beyond the call of duty. I recommend highly. — Mira

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    You did a marvelous job of helping us find our beautiful home. Thanks so much for all the hard work, the miles driven, the millions of phone calls, etc! We truly appreciate your efforts… — Jane and Victor

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    …you both did a great job and we could not have picked a better “team” for a REALTOR®. So many times, throughout the process we wondered how people could sell their homes without experts like you. You two are the epitome of what a realtor should be! Many thanks to both of you! — Bob

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari is extremely thorough, detailed, professional and extremely courteous. Without Chari being involved this would have been an extremely difficult transaction. She went above and beyond the call of duty and simplified every aspect of the transaction. I felt totally comfortable relying on Chari from the very beginning. It was like having a family member representing your best interests and not having to worry. — Emil

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    The sale of our home went very well. Thank you, Yvette, for a job well done! Yvette was very professional and yet personable. The Coldwell Banker resources that were emailed regularly about how well our home was shown, how many visited the websites of our listing, was a nice touch and benefit. We would use Yvette and Coldwell Banker again. — Kathy and Chris G.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Always helpful with details - what a pleasure.  Always quick to respond with complete details of all inquiries.  Yvette makes you feel like your listing is the most important.  I would recommend her to anyone who is selling or buying.   — Cliff and Betty

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    Working with Charleston Fine Homes was a pleasure on our move to the Charleston area. We were brand new to the area and the South, and we knew after meeting Franne on our first visit that we could take a deep breath — we were in good hands. Franne was dedicated and patient with us as we scouted the various areas and she listened as we talked about what we were looking for in our new home and community. She took that information and helped us narrow down our choices and find the homes that best aligned with what we wanted. Franne communicated with us often, gently reminded us of deadlines, and made sure if she wasn’t available someone was from her office — Mark and Chari. It may have taken multiple offers for us to find our final offer and home, but Franne and her partners were with us EVERY step of the way with professional advice and personal service. Now that we are settled, Franne has been a source of references and information as we get to know the area. We not only have great realtors at Charleston Fine Homes, but we have also made some great friends. — Jill and James

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    The buying experience with Yvette was incredible.  She made the process exceedingly easy and stress free. She provided me the knowledge of an experienced professional you'd expect from a big name in the industry without the pushiness you sometimes find with larger companies. I'd definitely recommend Yvette to my friends and family. — Kyle B.

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    Yvette met all of my expectations and then some.  She not only helped me find the perfect home, but went above and beyond for me.  From regularly checking up on my new home's construction and sending updates to going the extra mile to set me up with temporary blinds.  She was even able to complete the final walkthrough of my home due to me being unavailable.  I would without a doubt recommend her to any person moving to the Charleston area.  She is simply amazing! — Cory C.

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Chari was great at assessing our needs as a family and was very patient with us during the whole process. She offered professional advice and expertise without making us feel pressured “to make a deal” happen. Chari was easy to reach, prompt, and professional. Her hard-working attitude combined with a warm personality made her a great agent to have on our side! — Susie and Drew

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    I enjoyed working with people that tried to find exactly what I was looking for without using pressure to convince me to purchase something. I would without hesitation use the team of Franne Schwarb and Chari Karinshak to purchase a new home. They are exceptional in their knowledge, availability, trustworthiness and professionalism. They make you feel as if you are their only client. — Joe

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    We have bought and sold many homes in several states and never had a REALTOR who compared to Franne Schwarb. Her commitment to our satisfaction was very impressive. Combine that with her marketing knowledge, integrity, and professionalism, and she is one in a million. Additionally, as out of state buyers, Franne was our eyes and ears here. We simply could not have done it without her. I will be recommending Franne every change I get. My husband and I are still marveling at how we got so lucky! — Margaret W

  • Franne Schwarb, REALTOR

    I liked Franne from our first encounter. She was smart, bold, and very experienced. She had a great knowledge of the market and years of experience to guide us with our sale. Chari was a great asset to the team and very complementary to Franne’s experience with her sense of style, recommendations on staging, and other sage advice. Both Franne and Chari were responsive in a very timely manner, communicative, and insightful to our needs. We have been extremely pleased with both Chari and Franne and have doubts our home would have sold so quickly at the great price we obtained without this superb team. Franne and Chari are a dream team!!! — Jeanette Andrews

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    …we want you to know how much we appreciate all you have done for us. As far as REALTORS go, you are by far way above the rest. We hope your boss realizes what a treasure you are. — Brigid and Tom

  • Yvette Grist REALTOR

    It was a pleasure working with Franne Schwarb and her team at Charleston Fine Homes. Their professionalism, knowledge of the real estate market, and resources all contributed to our home going under contract in less than one week. From start to finish, the process was efficient, organized, and seamless. Franne was there every step of the way to answer any and all questions, provide resources such as a photographer, home staging professional, and tradesman for repair work, etc. During this process we were out of the country and Franne and her team went above and beyond. Not only did they meet contractors at our house, but they also ensured the job was getting done and kept us updated. I would highly recommend Charleston Fine Homes for all your real estate needs. — Kathy and John

  • Chari Karinshak REALTOR

    Really had a tremendous experience working with Chari at Charleston Fine Homes.  Her knowledge, patience and attention to detail was especially valuable as we were relatively new to the area. — Chris